WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon) says a U.N. Treaty under consideration could pose a threat to the right to bear arms. This week he joined with more than 80 members of the House of Representatives to send four letters to relevant subcommittees of the House Committee on Appropriations encouraging them to refrain cut funds for implementing the U.N Arms Trade Treaty in their respective Fiscal Year 2015 appropriations bills.
“This treaty puts Americans’ Second Amendment rights at risk, violates U.S. sovereignty, and opens the door for United Nations intrusion into the personal lives of Americans,” said Kinzinger. “In light of the Obama Administration’s reliance on bypassing Congress through executive action, it’s extremely important the House use its power of the purse to make clear that no taxpayer dollars whatsoever can be used to implement the Arms Trade Treaty.”
Specifically, the letter Kinzinger signed onto says members of Congress are concerned about the Arm Trade Treaty's (ATT) failure to recognize the "fundamental, individual right to keep and to bear arms and the individual right of personal self-defense, as well as the legitimacy of hunting, sports shooting and other lawful activities pertaining to the private ownership of firearms and related materials..."
The UN ATT, which passed the UN General Assembly in April 2013, was signed by Secretary of State John Kerry on September 25, 2013. Since then, the Obama Administration has attempted to implement provisions of ATT unilaterally through executive action (Presidential Policy Directive/PPD-27).
Like all treaties, the Arms Trade Treaty must be ratified by two-thirds of the U.S. Senate before becoming law. To date, the Senate has not taken action to ratify this treaty.